Peer Support Resource Centre
The Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) Peer Support Resource Centre is a student-led initiative that aims to foster optimal mental health and holistic well-being within our KPU community. We work towards this goal in several ways: by offering group social and wellness activities through our Chatterbox program, one-on-one support services, referrals, resources, and mental health awareness events on campus.
Please Note: As a student-led program, our Peer Support Volunteers are not trained professionals and thus, are not able to do the work of trained professionals. Rather, we provide extensive training in areas such as empathy, basic active listening and helping skills, as well as referral training for both crisis and non-crisis situations at the peer-to-peer level. Anything that lies outside of their scope of training will be referred off to a trained professional.
We are KPU students, just like YOU! From taking courses, to maintaining full or part-time jobs, to juggling other commitments such as volunteering or spending time with friends and family, we have been there and we understand what it's like. Being a student is not always easy and we recognize the importance of having a sense of community and good support system as we go through our university years. That being said, we are a team of fun, dedicated, and caring students who are passionate about mental health and well-being here at KPU. In addition to receiving extensive training in basic helping skills, we use our creativity and out-of-the-box approaches to support our KPU peers in more ways than one.
Here at the Peer Support Program, there are many things that we do. The following is a list of what we offer to our KPU students:
One-on-One Peer Support Services:
► Wanting to chat about challenges you are facing or things going on in your life? Our student volunteers are relatable and here to listen and support you.
► Looking for a certain service or feeling lost about where to go? Peer Support can direct you to various on and off campus resources.
► Connect with peers and learn more about mental and wellness through fun, interactive activities at Chatterbox! Stop by for free snacks and prizes at our weekly socials and monthly workshops based on the mental health theme of the month. For more details, click here.
Mental Health Awareness and Events:
► Peer Support advocates for mental health at KPU through tabling events such as Welcome Week and Stress Relief Week as well as our annual Pieces of Mind Mental Health Conference.
Have a question? Want to come for a chat? Drop by our Peer Support Office on the Surrey campus during our regular office hours.
You can find us in Room 160, of the Surrey Main building during our regular drop-in hours.